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Education outreach training

This training course has been developed for Research Fellows who are interested in getting more involved in education outreach and public engagement activities or in improving their communication skills with young people and the impact of their existing outreach activities.

Applying for this scheme

This course is designed for early-mid career scientists who are embarking on independent research careers (approx. 3-8 years post-PhD).

The next course date is:

Thursday 2 March 2017, 10:00am – 5:00pm

See below for course fees. This course is held at Carlton House Terrace.


The training will take place over two full days, with time between each day-long course to allow participants to put their skills into practice.

Who is the course for?

Each of the two day-courses are designed for up to 20 Royal Society Research Fellows.

The course is appropriate for:

  • Research Fellows who have not done much work in this area or have never done outreach before and want to develop their science communication and public engagement skills.
  • Research Fellows who have already done some schools or young people outreach activities but would like to improve their skills and learn useful tips to ensure their outreach is effective.

Everyone taking part in the training will have the opportunity to take on the challenge of communicating their research with non-scientific audiences e.g. 5-19 year old school students through the Royal Society’s Associate Schools or Colleges network.

Please note: Although you will have some time to practice your communication skills during the day, this is not a presenting course as such, and will cover wider aspects of outreach and public engagement, to give you a broad picture of the context for this kind of work.

Training content

The aim of the training is to:

  • inspire Research Fellows to engage with schools, teachers and young people by equipping them with relevant skills, connections, and resources and providing the support to develop their own activities.

Through this training Research Fellows will:

  • gain the skills, confidence and knowledge needed to work effectively with school audiences.
  • be supported in developing and delivering quality activities that are exciting, creative and age and curriculum appropriate.

Structure of the training

The sessions will be a combination of presentations and practical activities to give participants the opportunity to reflect on their learning and develop their skills and understanding. The course has also been designed to run over two days, with time in between each day to allow participants to engage with their partner Associate School or College.

Download the Education Outreach Training course Programme (PDF) and Objectives (PDF).

About the tutors

The courses have been developed and will be led by experienced science communicators/trainers from The Training GroupGraphic Science and Science made simple, and Elizabeth Jeavans, in partnership with the Royal Society’s Education team.

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